Sep 20, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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LAW 6253 - Family Immigration Detention Clinic


Credits: 2

Students travel to the Karnes Family Detention Center over spring break to provide legal support to detained immigrant women and children. Students are accepted into the course on a first-come, first-served basis, however, preference is given to students with fluency in Spanish. All students are eligible to participate; eligibility for or possession of a student bar card is not required. While at the Karnes Family Detention Center, students have regular interaction with the women and children who are detained there. They conduct intakes with newly arrived families. Students work with the women and children to prepare for credible fear interviews, wherein officers from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) make a threshold determination of whether a significant possibility exists that the detainee could establish before an Immigration Court that she is eligible for asylum in the United States. If USCIS makes a negative credible fear determination, students work with the women and children to prepare declarations for an Immigration Judge’s review of the decision and support CARA attorneys representing the clients before the Immigration Court. Lastly, students assist CARA attorneys with pre-release orientations.



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